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Police raid Chester home during Manchester bomb investigation

Search at city address remains ongoing

Anti-terrorism police have this morning (May 29) carried out a raid on a Chester address as the investigation into the Manchester bomb continues.

Officers from Cheshire police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West are behind the dawn swoop.

The search remains ongoing and no arrests have been made at the property.

 

Last Monday's terrorist atrocity is close to home not least because one of the 22 victims was off duty Cheshire Constabulary detective Elaine McIver, 43, from Frodsham, who was at the concert with her partner Paul and his children.

A Cheshire Police statement confirmed: "This morning’s search is part of the on-going investigation following the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, 22 May."

Armed police outside Manchester Arena after the terrorist atrocity(Image: PA)

Officers are providing reassurance to residents that there is currently 'no direct threat to the public of Cheshire' and extra officers are on the streets to provide visible reassurance.

Another raid was this morning carried out in the Whalley Range area of Manchester.

'Increased police presence'

Detective Superintendent Aaron Duggan, head of crime at Cheshire Constabulary, said: “This morning’s activity will understandably cause concern within the local community and I want to reassure residents that as part of the on-going investigation there will be an increased police presence in the area.

"Officers will be visible in Chester over the next few days providing reassurance and if any members of the community have any concerns then I would encourage you to speak to local officers.

“We will continue to work closely with our communities by carrying out patrols over the coming weeks and addressing any concerns they may have.

“I want to urge local communities to stay alert, but not alarmed, be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the Anti-Terror hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency call 999.”

So far 16 people have been arrested in relation to the ongoing investigation including two released without charge.

A total of 14 men remain in custody for questioning.

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